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Do It Yourself Termite Control is not something we recommend for the Do It Yourself Pest Control Person, as you have no one to fall back on if you have any damages to your home or property but yourself. But if you still want to Do Your Own Termite Control. If you are going to do your own, at least use the very best product on the market. We only recommend Termidor SC.
Termites, Workers, Soldiers, Queens, Swarmers...How do you know if the swarms of winged bugs in your backyard are termites or ants? To the untrained eye, they're hard to tell apart. We have created this comparison sheet to help you determine what you have, Ants or Termites.
- Often several times larger
- Elbowed antennae
- Three distinct body segments, with very slim "waists"
- Front wings much longer than back ones
- Usually 1/8" or so in length
- Straight antennae
- No "waistline"
- Wings long and of equal length
- Termites break off their wings after flight; ants do not
Subterranean termites, the most common species in our area, and make their colonies in the soil. Each colony is built around a king and queen whose sole job is to reproduce. Other members include workers, soldiers and swarmers and each has a very specific job to do.
Termites are social insects. Their workers are best described as "little white bugs" or "little white ants" that are often found in damp, rotting wood. Termites have a strict caste system, which consists of worker termites, soldiers, winged reproductive termites, a queen termite, and a king termite.
Workers represent the biggest majority of the colony population. They are white and soft bodied. They are also responsible for caring for the eggs and brood (immature termites), constructing and maintaining tunnels, foraging for food. They also feed and groom the other caste members.
Soldiers are responsible for defending the colony. They are white and soft bodied with an enlarged, hardened head containing two large jaws, or mandibles, which are used as a weapon against predators (ants being the main predator).
Winged reproductives produce the offspring in the colony and swarm at certain times of the year. Colonies can have both primary reproductives (one king and one queen), and hundreds of secondary reproductives (neotenic reproductives) to assist in egg laying and colony growth.
The King termite assists the queen in creating and attending to the colony during its initial formation. He will continue to mate throughout his life to help increase the colony size.
The Queen termite creates the colony by laying eggs and tending to the colony until enough workers and nymphs are produced to care for the colony. She can live for more than ten years and produce hundreds of eggs each year. Colonies can have several million termites with the help of secondary queens who also produce eggs.
Termites have the ability to change from one caste type to another during their immature stages; this allows the colony to change the numbers of different caste members whenever the need arises.
The two most common types of termites are "drywood" and "subterranean" termites. Both types of termites eat cellulose for nutrition. Cellulose is found in wood and wood products (paper and other products). Both types of termites have the "flying termite" or "winged reproductive". These winged termites you see are the new kings and queens; they are leaving their large colony and trying to establish a new colony. They may also be referred to as "swarmers". Ant colonies also send swarmers, which have nearly the same appearance as termites, but may be identified upon closer inspection.
At the ground surface subterranean termites create mud tubes from the soil to wooden portions of a structure. These tubes provide a protective "highway" for termites to attack your home.
Other areas which are harder to find include:
- through construction joints (Door Sills, and other joints)
- through retaining wall joints and cracks
- through floor cracks over 1/16th" (stress fractures)
- through plumbing, electrical, and any other slab penetrations
- treatment of wall voids and other type voids can be treated with other good products like Premise Foam from Bayer, D-Foam from Waterbury
The only product that we recommend for termites is Termidor SC as we have had great success with it as well as a lot of the Pros. In the few short years it's been around, Termidor SC has been proven to be the most effective at completely eliminating termite populations. Unlike older termiticides, nonrepellents can not be recognized by termites as well as other insects such as ants. Termidor SC is impossible to be smelled, tasted, or even felt by pests. They crawl through the treated area, not knowing that by ingesting treated materials or merely contacting the insecticide, they will die very slowly. Termidor SC is unique because termites not directly exposed to the areas treated with Termidor SC will be controlled as they come into contact with affected termites. This "Transfer Effect™" means most colonies will be controlled within months following the treatment.
Termidor SC – Nothing beats it!
- Over the years there have been plenty different types of termite treatments and after 27 years we have seen them all
- After very careful research a product called "Termidor SC" was developed, a termiticide that offers long-term control
- It has no smell and a very low toxicity to humans and pets so that it presents virtually no environmental risk
- Termidor SC is different from any other termite treatments because it does not act as a repellent
- While repellent products are toxic to termites, few are actually killed because they are "repelled" by the treatment. However, termites are determined creatures which will return again and again to seek out gaps in the barrier treatment to eventually gain access to their food source – your home
- Termidor SC is unique because termites not directly exposed to the areas treated with Termidor SC will be be controlled as they come into contact with affected termites. This "Transfer Effect™" means most colonies will be controlled within months following the treatment.
- Results have demonstrated success, with 100% control achieved within 10 weeks, and an average control period of 12 weeks! Control has been confirmed for up to 6 years following treatment, in both covered and exposed areas
- Termidor SC is applied at some of the lowest doses of any of the termiticides available today and the active ingredient has been registered in household pet products (FrontLine, and other products)
- Termidor SC is water based, has no odor, will not leach through soil, and is not damaging to soil micro-organisms, earthworms, or plants
As the Do It Yourself Pest Control Person you are the one responsible for any Drift of Pesticide or contamination of waters in the area. So please read and follow the label very carefully.